My husband’s family has some beautiful land out in McKinney, Texas with horses, and I have been dying to get a bride out there for some shots with them. Alison, owner of Southern Belle Lash is the model here in the photos. Her style is bohemian to the core,and I knew she would be perfect for the job. Domonie of Wild Rose Events did an incredible job working with our stubborn horse to get the gorgeous flowers on her mane. The flower halo and bouquet were more than I could have imagined! Alison has had some tough times in her life and was heading down some very troubled paths. She got involved with a man who was everything but right and ended up having a child, a beautiful little girl. Sadly the father chose to never even meet her and turned his back on them both. Alison struggled with her emotions so much over this because she desperately wanted a father figure for her daughter. This sweet little girl was godsend for her and brought her to know the Lord and started on a better path. She had almost given up on finding “the one” when she stumbled upon Daniel online! He was instantaneously her knight in shining armor! They were so excited to become a family, and Daniel was beyond ready to adopt Alison’s little girl so that she would become his own!
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Florals: Wild Rose Events

The Proposal:

Six weeks. That is how long I waited to hear the words ” will you marry me”? Y’all are probably thinking, wait how did you know? That’s a little weird. Well my dad really LOVES Tyler and he couldn’t keep his mouth shut. So cat’s outta the bag, the dream question was coming. Every weekend, I had my nails done, always had a flattering outfit on and anytime he did something out of the ordinary, I started sweating and shaking and tearing up a bit thinking ” holy moly, this it is!” But it was always a false alarm. No joke, one time he was really just be tying his shoelace. I was literally starting to lose my mind. I knew he was going to propose, but when?!

Well, for a girl who was on alert sniffing out the proposal, he did a FANTASTIC job of surprising me. I’m a flight attendant and one trip I actually brought him along with me because we had a layover in San Diego. We stayed at the beautiful West Gate downtown and by sheer luck were upgraded to the presidential suite! They had accidentally given our rooms away and were completely sold out. I have to credit my bold friend and fellow flight attendant who handled it perfectly and asked, “do you have the suites available”? I looked at her like she was crazy. No way would this is very prestigious hotel, booked solid, give us the suites. As you know, I sure put my foot in my mouth because minutes later we opened the doors to a magical luxury homestead fit for a queen! Tyler and I were amazed by how absolutely beautiful this room was. It was perfect for the weekend I didn’t even know was coming. Once we soaked up the glory of the room, we went out to enjoy San Diego. We had lunch out by the beach, laid out by the ocean, came back to the hotel and went for a swim in the pool. It was the perfect day.

Back at the hotel to unwind, I noticed Tyler was out on the balcony. Wearing my pajamas, hair up in a towel and no make up, I go to join him. It was a beautiful sunset, overlooking the city and water. I come up behind him and notice he has tears in his eyes. I thought something happened! “Tyler what’s wrong?” … of course nothing was wrong because you all KNOW what’s coming next!

My handsome man got down on one knee and said, “I can’t wait any longer…will you marry me?” I fell instantly into an ugly-girl cry followed by a resounding YES. He puts his grandma’s ring on my finger and I cannot even describe the feeling. We enjoyed the sunset and first moments as an engaged couple in perfect Kerri-Tyler fashion… Dominos pizza delivery and a glass of wine! Eating pizza while sitting in the presidential suite at the West Gate with my fiancé was totally worth the wait!

The Wedding Day:

What a blur. A very incredible, happy, full of love blur. That is how I describe my wedding day. I don’t remember all the fine details but I do remember the special moments. I remember hanging out with my girls, feeling like it was the best sleep over ever. I remember taking a sneak peak at Tyler through the window upstairs with his mom and crying happy tears with her. I remember seeing my dad for the first time in my wedding gown and being so overthrown with emotion I thought I was going to lose an eyelash. I remember Tyler and I reading our letters to each other thinking how lucky am I? I remember Tyler whispering a joke in my ear when we exchanged vows and bursting with laughter. I remember the toast my dad gave and my heart overflowing with love. I remember dancing with family and friends wishing the night would last forever. And I remember escaping in a limo with my husband, excited to begin our life together. But I also remember that it was over in an instant. It might not sound like it, but it happened so fast. I tried to take time throughout the day to cherish these moments, but in reality, the day goes as fast as any other day. When I was planning this wedding, I remember thinking that I wanted to make sure that I had a photographer that I could trust to capture these moments. Photos capture moments that we can look back on throughout the years and relive those emotions. We can remember what we thought we forgot, all because of an image. These photos are extra special to us, not only because it was our wedding day, but also because it was the last time all of our families could come together. Shortly after our wedding, Tyler’s dad passed away from stage-four lung cancer. Larry always expressed that he wanted to see his only son marry the love of his life before he went on to heaven. And we are so thankful that we did just that. It was a phenomenal day and we are so blessed we could share it with the people we love most. Even though it went by so fast, we are grateful for that amazing day, and the photos that we will treasure forever.

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Dress and veil designer: Maggie Sottero – From: Lasting Bridal Couture

Groom’s Suit/Tux: Tommy Hilfiger- Mens Wearhouse

Groomsmen Suit/Tux: Joesph Abboud Men’s Wearhouse

Jewelry: Lasting Bridal Couture

Bridal Shoes: Dream Pairs Taylers- Amazon

Hair and Makeup: Beloved Beauty Hair & Makeup by Amy Patrice

Flower girl dress: Nordstrom

Bridal party pre-wedding outfits: LuvKraftsCreations – shop on Etsy

Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang White- David’s Bridal

Venue: Diamond H3 Ranch

Florals: Consider the Lilies Events- Kathy Zander

Caterer: Coburns Catering

Cake: Texas Star Bakery

Invitations: Tag Line Advertising

DJ: Toast Entertainment DJ Mike Riley

Videographer: Veri- an app

“Everyone told me our wedding day would go by fast but I could have never imagined how fast the day would fly by, especially since I had been waiting for nearly 11 years! Ryan and I met at work in early 2005. He was hesitant at first to hang out with his co-worker but after my persistence and persuasion I finally made it happen. We quickly connected and starting hanging out more frequently. At the end of 2005 his job was being transferred to San Angelo, Texas and I decided to take a leap of faith and move with him. Fast forward 10 years and about 6 moves to different cities and states later he finally popped the question. I knew a proposal was coming because we went together to pick out the ring 6 months earlier but I didn’t know when or how elaborate his surprise proposal would be. It was Sunday, April 5th and Easter. I thought for sure he would have taken the opportunity to propose on our 10 year anniversary on April 1st but that didn’t happen because he had bigger plans. Ryan coordinated having my entire family from out of town and friends at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens on Easter Sunday for what I thought was an Easter egg hunt for my nieces. He had all my friends and family in on the secret so anytime I would talk to anyone about my suspicions of him proposing another story line would be made up to throw me off. It worked, I was completely surprised. I think he also planned nearly rear ending someone on the way to the botanical gardens to throw me off even more! When we got to the gardens my family distracted me by taking me to different spots to take pictures and I was none the wiser. My family lead me to another area for what I was told was to get better pictures but as I turn the corner I saw Ryan standing in front of Easter eggs that spelled out Marry Me! I was so surprised and don’t remember at all what he said but I said yes! Just a short 9 months later and we were walking down the aisle. I was very nervous about having a January wedding in Texas, you never really know if you’ll have ice storms or beautiful weather, but we were definitely blessed with an amazing sunny day. The most memorable part of the wedding was our first look. Ryan and I were unsure we wanted to have a first look but then decided it would be a special moment that the two of us could share together. The anticipation leading up to the first look still gives me butterflies to this day when I think about it and looking back at the picture allows us to cherish that moment in time. I’m pretty sure this was a favorite moment for both of our moms as well. They were both eagerly watching through the venue doors and cried when they saw Ryan’s reaction. Another favorite memory was our sweetheart dance. All the guests exited the venue to prepare for the sparkler send off allowing Ryan and I have to have one last dance together. I cried happy tears because I was finally married and I got to spend the day celebrating with all of our loved ones. It’s funny thinking back about and that our most memorable moments were with just the two of us but I believe that speaks to the love and admiration we have for each other.”
Dress and veil designer: Essence of Australia and Etsy – Blanca Veils
Suit/Tux/Men’s Ties: Men’s Wearhouse
Jewelry: Jared
Bridal party pre-wedding outfits: Etsy – Sandy Waters Store
Bridal Shoes: Dillard’s
Coordinator: Diana Castillo with Thistle Springs Ranch
Cake topper: Etsy – Skye Art
Invitations: Minted
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus
Videographer: 4500 Films

Elizabeth and John met while working in the same office building, which led to four and a half years of dating, traveling together, hiking with their dog, and so much more! When John had just purchased a new home and received the keys, he took Elizabeth over to check it out and there waiting was John down on one knee with champagne, roses, and a surprise party full of family and friends!

These two are so sweet, and although getting in front of the camera can be uncomfortable, they were naturals and looked absolutely gorgeous!

Meribeth and Travis love to watch sports together! They are both Aggie fans, so they went to a home opener together in Houston where they were supposed to wait outside the stadium for some of his family. Travis took this opportunity to get someone to take a photo of them, and of course, what better time to drop to one knee and ask her to marry you, right?! Well, she said YES and out came family from everywhere!

These two are so sweet and it was such a pleasure to be a part of their gorgeous day at Hidden Pines Chapel! We wish them the absolute best in their future together!
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Dress: Allure Bridals
Hair and Makeup: WZ Beauty Studio
DJ: Andrew Figueroa
Videographer: Brandon Steward
Florals: Holly Viles Design